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Re: Borrowing Wordlist

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 15:30
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From: "scott" <sjcaldwell@...>

> On Oct 19, 2004, at 8:47 PM, Sally Caves wrote: > >> Heck, if Thorndyke and Barnhardt's Junior Dictionary of the English >> Language >> was good enough for me in my salad days, > > Salad days? I've seen this expression a few times before on the list. > What does > it mean? How did it originate?
I may be wrong, and I'm going entirely on feeble memory, but I think it's from Shakespeare, and specifically from Antony and Cleopatra, a comment Cleopatra utters. Or, it may be from Troilus and Cressida, and a comment Cressida utters. The idea is that you eat the salad first in a course of meals for dinner that hasn't changed since medieval times. Salad, soup, entree, second entree, dessert. Your "salad days" have come and gone. It's actually a fairly common and well-worn expression; I picked it up about eighteen years ago. John may know. Sally